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UK Athletics posts record Graduation Success Rates

University of Kentucky student-athletes managed to break one graduation rate school record and tied another.

According to an annual report released on Wednesday by the NCAA, UK’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR), a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2009-10 through 2012-13, was 91%. That rate tops the previous school record of 88% set last season, continuing Kentucky’s streak of breaking or tying the mark every year since the NCAA began tracking the statistic in 2005.

“Our student-athletes make us proud in the way they pursue an education and a degree at our world-class institution while competing at the highest level of college athletics,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “It is our responsibility to equip them with the resources they need to do that. I am thankful for the commitment our student-athletes make to academics and the support our coaches, staff, and CATS counselors and tutors provide along their path.”

The GSR includes all student-athletes who are on scholarship during their first semester of enrollment. Athletes who transfer or depart for the professional ranks in good standing do not count against the school’s GSR.

“These outstanding graduation rates highlight a foundational component of the Kentucky student-athlete experience, and serve as evidence of our commitment to comprehensive excellence,” Executive Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Experience Jason Cummins said, via UK Athletics. “Our students learn from a world-class faculty in the pursuit of life-changing knowledge, one of our Department’s five core values.”

Here are UK Athletics’ GSR scores in the 15-year history of the measure.

Year                     NCAA GSR
2019                    91%
2018                    88%
2017                    85%
2016                    82%
2015                    81%
2014                    81%
2013                    79%
2012                    79%
2011                    77%
2010                    74%
2009                    73%
2008                    73%
2007                    71%
2006                    71%
2005                    68%

Kentucky also tied its own previous record set last season in the Federal Graduation Rate, a four-year composite statistic for freshman classes from 2009-10 through 2012-13, with a mark of 61%.

According to UK Athletics, in the FGR, “student-athletes who transfer or depart early for the professional ranks count as non-graduates, regardless of their academic standing or subsequent graduation from another institution. Incoming transfer students, from junior college or four-year schools, who graduate at UK are not counted as graduates. These factors account for the difference between the FGR and the NCAA GSR.”

99 Wildcats walked across the stage and received diplomas during the 2018-19 academic year, with 49 of those individuals graduating with honors.

(UK Athletics)


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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1 Comment for UK Athletics posts record Graduation Success Rates

  1. KATastrophe
    6:09 pm October 16, 2019 Permalink

    Congrats to both UK and these student athletes! One day, when the children of these graduated student athletes start thinking about what they intend to do after graduating high school, they will have roll models and parental examples to follow when they start asking the question, “Should I go on to college?” Hopefully, something can be done about the skyrocketing tuition costs and subsequent growing student loan debt factor for our country in the near future to leave some hope for those who must come after us.